This week, there number of players ranked in The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) passed the 5000 mark. 5002 players are now listed by the Ranking, which following a 24-month trial, was founded on 1 January 2007 with the aim of providing an alternative, form-based entry criterion for the Amateur Championship, rather than going solely on a player’s current handicap.
Since then, the Ranking has been adopted to determine the fields at national amateur championships in Spain and Portugal, as well as at many other major events in many different countries.
The WAGR System ranks the top Amateur Golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events, of which there are now almost 1500, on a rolling cycle over the previous 52 weeks.
Counting Events include the four Major Championships and official events from the six professional tours that make up the International Federation of PGA Tours, together with the Canadian, Challenge, Korean, Nationwide, Scandic League, Telia, the Tour de Las Americas and any other tour recognised by the WAGR Committee.
During the its existence, there have been 16 WAGR number ones, including the current world number eight Rory McIlroy, 2010 USA Ryder Cup team member Rickie Fowler and, more recently, this year’s Open Championship Silver Medallist, Jin Jeong of Korea.
“Passing 5000 ranked players is a significant milestone,” said Andy McDonald, the World Amateur Golf Ranking Manager. “We hope the Ranking will continue to grow, ranking more players from more parts of the world and providing an increasingly accurate guide to the consistency of form of the world’s leading amateur golfers.”
More information about the World Amateur Golf Ranking, including information about how to become ranked, and how tournaments can be recognised as counting events can be found here.